Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Brain@work, an eye opener for trainers & facilitators

Brainatwork - authors Nina Lazeron & Ria van Dinteren - gave me a lot of inspirational hints in preparing my trainings and facilitation events. Following are some useful hints:

Know abouts and hints for preparing your trainings· Repetition is essential for embedding learning
· Create a safe environment, where people feel safe and comfortable. Also provide space and time for informal contacts. The most practical and valuable information is shared during the informal moments. The formal moments are the platform for the starting process of new behaviour and inspiration.
. Trainees formulate their own expectations, monitor and evaluate them. Provide space of adjustment of your training according to the development of the students. Give your trainees a task in advance of the training to foster their motivation.
· Create a positive learning environment. Build on successes from the past, apply appreciative inquiry
· Practise, practise, practise..... 10.000 hours or more make you finally make to master the art of the profession. Stimulate practicals and ask for applications
· It takes average around 6 weeks to adapt and embed new learning. This process can be stimulated by practicals, connecting people to buddies or a personal coach, by reporting & sharing (social media is excellent for this) and reflective meetings/ follow-up.
· Check assumptions or perceptions about learning or change and try to challenge them
· Make use of the the 5 senses; eyes (visual material), ears (music or sounds), touching senses (toys or stones), nose (different smells) and taste (different sweets, chocalate etc...)
· Make use of the context (worksituation) or workhistory of the trainee. 80 - 85 % of the training is based on asking questions and facilitation. Only 15 - 20 % is based on transfering information from the trainer to the audience.
· Create a learning environment which stimulates learning such as fresh air, movement, light, colours, toys etc.. and use different presets (set up of the room or learning place)
· Meditation and mindfullness (be in the now) are helpful in creating peace in your mind, and can be effective for learning. Enough sleep is also very important for learning.
· Connect emotions to learning. Whenever people feel strong emotions, knowledge or lessons sustain
· Stimulate the 'growth mindset' of people. In situations people have the feeling they can make steps of improvement, provide a space to do that.
· The package of learning is as important as the content. Create a package and a training that looks professional, inviting and safe.
· If possible integrate social media tools in your trainings, so that people are encouraged to do hands-on-learning and sharing through the internet.



The 8 F's for preparing and conducting facilitation eventsThe hints and tips for conducting a facilitation event are very similar to the ones when you conduct a training. However, Ria van Dinteren, author of Brain@work, quotes 8 F's for the facilitator:
1. Feiligheid, security; provide a safe environment & build in moments of meditation or silence
2. Fresh air and food; make sure that there is the right food (light), water, drinks and light
3. Fysical enviroment; ensure that the presets and room setting is inviting, inspirational and stimulating
4. Focus; Have a clear goal and focus, which is matching the groups' expectations
5. Ferbinden/ connect; Make connections and sharing possible between people (small group work), and relate to theory, images, stories, fairy tales and associations
6. Fun; Integrate fun elements, games and humor in the training
7. Feeling; Question and discuss when people show heavy emotions (positive or negative) and connect them to learning
8. Ferwerken/ reflect; Reflect regulary on what people liked, learned and on how they think they are going to apply what was discussed (what?, where?, when?, how?, who? )?


Inspired?! or curious? read more about Brainatwork, Brain learning in organisations.
In case you would like to share links or articles about brain learning in organisations, please feel free to respond.

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